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Q 1: I own 200 sheep and I pay the Zakah due on them every year. However, I have started to spend money to buy barley as fodder for them - all praise be to Allah - (Part No. 9; Page No. 215) as the land is dry due to the lack of rain. The sheep only leave the pen to drink then return to it. Is my Zakah correct; is it still due on them? I have been stall-feeding them since 1403 AH until 1408 AH. In addition, when the sheep go out of the pens, they do not eat any grass, green or dried. Please answer me, as I am confused about this matter. Some people have told me that Zakah is due on my sheep, and I am afraid I will be called to account by Allah for not paying Zakah on my wealth.

A: Firstly, if you raise the sheep for sale, you must pay the Zakah on commercial commodities. Thus, you should calculate the value of the sheep and pay 2.5% as Zakah on them at the end of the year. Secondly, if you raise the sheep for milk and reproduction and they are not grazing freely for most of a lunar year, then no Zakah is due on them.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.